A New Beginning in 2014

A New Beginning in 2014

Watermark Learning Names Vicki James Director of Business Analysis Watermark Learning has named Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, to the position of Director of Business Analysis. James joins Watermark with 15 years’ experience in the public and private sectors as a project manager, business analyst, author, and independent industry consultant and trainer. Her responsibilities will include developing and maintaining Watermark Learning’s Business Analysis Training read more… It has been almost a month since I’ve taken on my exciting new role. I am so very excited to have joined the Watermark Learning team as the Director of Business Analysis. This has been a long time in the making but things that are meant to be have a way of working themselves out. What excites me about this is that I get to do everything I love to do, everything I set out to do with Professional Project Services, but with the support of a great team with years of experience providing training and consulting services. Having a team of like-minded professionals surrounding me is a blessing and I know I will accomplish much more with this team then I could have ever hoped to do as a solo entrepreneur

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Transitioning to a Career in Project Management

Transitioning to a Career in Project Management

Happy International Project Management Day.  I am going to celebrate the day by providing the answer to a question I received the other day from my friend Debbie. Hi Vicki, so I am seriously evaluating my career. Based on my skills and what I excel at, I am very interested in getting into Project management. Can you offer any advice on how to start? My resume is mainly in sales so I am lost as to even get started. Let me know your thoughts.  It dawns on me that Debbie is likely just one of many wanting to transition into formal project management. Here is my quick start guide to beginning your career in project management. Go through your experience and resume highlighting the things that you have done that fall under the umbrella of project management

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New Orleans Bound for the PMI North American Global Congress!

New Orleans Bound for the PMI North American Global Congress!

  Strategies for Project Sponsorship is coming to New Orleans for the PMI Global Congress.  Vicki will be presenting at 2:30p on Sunday.  Workshop attendees will receive a copy of the Sponsorship Checklist and one lucky attendee will receive a signed copy of the book.  Register for  NA13ESM01 : Strategies for Project Sponsorship today! On a different note, join Vicki for an unsponsored, informal night of local New Orleans food and blues on Saturday. Vicki’s classmate Eloise Davis is a member of Major Bacon, a local New Orleans blues band.  Join Vicki for dinner before hand and the gig.

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Book Review: The Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects! (2nd Edition)

Book Review: The Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects! (2nd Edition)

I recommend Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects for all seasoned and up and coming project managers. Michael Greer takes a different approach by focusing on the core best practices that are critical to project success, in some cases combining two or more PMBOK tasks into a cohesive step for managing the project. The PM Minimalist is a great reference for project managers that will specifically help in cases where… Someone assigned project manager who has not had significant experience and exposure to best practices. They will get great insight to some of the more critical project management best practices that will help make sure project success without having to become an expert on all PMBOK processes. The seasoned project manager who needs to streamline project management practices that are not adding value to the overall success of the project.  This book will offer insights to help prioritize and effectively streamline these practices when appropriate. Each steps includes an overview, expected results, process, and practical tools, guidelines, and examples.  The one item I would add to the core list is some level of risk management

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Authors’ Interview with Guerrilla Project Management

Authors’ Interview with Guerrilla Project Management

Thank you Samad Aidane for this interview on Strategies for Project Sponsorship . We enjoyed talking to you and appreciate you support. ——————————— Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead share their insights on the secrets to effective project sponsorship from their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” Research into the causes of project failure clearly shows there is a real problem around the Project Sponsor role.  The Project sponsor is critical to project success, yet it is a role that is often assigned to a member of an organization with little knowledge or training in project management practices. In their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship”, authors Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead address the challenge of project sponsorship from all three vantage points—that of the project manager, the project sponsor, and the organization. The book reveals the secrets to effective project sponsorship and how to help project managers and project sponsors work in concert and leverage their respective organizational roles and responsibilities. Continue to interview…    

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